The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 287
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A Critical Study of the Siege of the Alamo
of daily routine. In fact, the army at the Alamo had practically
no organization of a strictly military nature.
Another man who thoroughly realized the danger to the post
at San Antonio was a young Mexican officer, Captain Juan N.
Seguin. His father was the alcalde of the city, so he was in a
position to keep in touch with the true condition of affairs, and
he was ever alert. The Seguins not only sympathized with the
Texans, but gave active cooperation in every way in their power.
Quietly, Juan Seguin despatched his own nephew, Blaz Herrera,
to Laredo, to spy on the movements of the enemy. About the
middle of February Herrera hurried back and reported that a
large Mexican force was crossing the Rio Grande and was march-
ing for the interior of Texas. Seguin immediately reported this
information to Travis, vouching for the integrity of his messen-
ger.78 Nevertheless, few of the Texans would believe the report,
but declared it to be "more Mexican lies," and another false
alarm. The Mexican population of Bexar, however, became
greatly excited and all who could find means of conveyance be-
gan removing their families to the country."9 So amid condi-
tions such as these the Texans allowed themselves to be "sur-
prised" at the coming of Santa Anna and his army on Febru-
"'James T. DeShields (ed.), "Dr. Sutherlands Account of the Fall of
the Alamo," Dalla, News, February 5, 1911; see, also, J. M. Rodrigues,
"Telegraph and Texas Register, January 30, 1836; William Corner,
Aan Antonio Guide and History, 120.
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